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on the philippines, your efforts on the floor, your amazing humility and sense of purpose is finding the commonground and reaching out to both sides of the aisle. every member of the committee has joined, and i'm presenting you with a resolution, and i just want to read just the introduction whereas throughout his 36 years in the united states senate, richard lugar served indiana and the united states with grace, distinction, and tenacity and will have many more contributions to the nation that reveres and reveres him. we want to present this to you from everybody on the committee, my friend. >> thank you. [applause] >> mr. chairman, i thank you very much. i'm very grateful to have had this opportunity to serve with each one of you. thank you. that's a very special tribute. >> well, it's small compared to your service, but we honor you. finally, we're also going to be losing jim webb and jim demanipulate. jim, as we all know, jim webb came here, did something very few freshman can do by getting a major piece of legislation passed, the new gi bill, and on the committee, he's been really critical to o
fought to honor the veterans who served the commonwealth army of the philippines on the side of the united states during world war ii. because of a law passed in 1946, their service was not recognized. they were denied access to health care, given only half of the disability and death compensation of other u.s. veterans, so senator inouye changed that. over the years he secured nearly $200 million in compensation for filipino veterans, and he fought to grant filipino veterans the same access to u.s. veterans and v.a. hospitals as are other veterans. senator inouye's strong sense of honor and justice drove him to fight for the recognition of these veteran services. he was fond of saying, quote, "justice is just a matter of continuing education." end quote. and for that reason, he also made sure that injustices endured by u.s. citizens and permanent residents of japanese an ssess century during world war ii were never forgotten. he led passage of the civil liberties act of 188, which acknowledged -- 1988, which acknowledged their forced internment and provided compensation for
it -- and partners such as singapore and the philippines and expanding our dialogue and -- in exchanges with china. we are also an handed our presence and capabilities in the region. that includes -- expanding our presence and capabilities in the region. that includes allocating our naval fleet to have a 60/40 s plit between the pacific and atlantic oceans, increasing army and marine presence in the region. locating our most advanced aircraft in the pacific, including new deployments of f- 22's and the mv22's to japan. and lay the groundwork for the first overseas deployment of the f-35 joint strike fighter. the third element of our strategy is that as we do force projection in the asia-pacific and middle east, we still have to maintain our global leadership and presence by building innovative partnerships and partner capacity across the globe and using these innovative rotational deployment as a way to do exercises and training with other countries, developing their capabilities so they can provide for their own security. in latin america, africa, europe, and elsewhere. the past decade of war has
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